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from this. andrew writes, hope to see why halpern who is writing on a book has time to host a show. >> watch carefully when lewis is talking, i'm doing other things including working a little bit on the book. john, thank you for that. thanks for watching. "morning joe" begins right this very moment. ♪ how do you feel about me? >> i love you, dave. >> i love you, dave. a love that i have a difficult time really explaining. a deep and abiding love. >> now, we have a real problem. i've made jokes about you, not just one or two, not just ongoing here and there, intermittent, but -- [ applause ]
>> i didn't know this was going to be this long. >> oh, boy. >> funny. >> good morning, everybody. >> funny. >> welcome to "morning joe." it's tuesday, february 5th. with us senior political analyst mark halperin. >> i was going to do a three thumb fight but willie wasn't up for it. >> i'll beat you that on any day. msnbc analyst and visiting professor harold ford junior. >> good morning. >> it was funny stuff last night. >> it was funny except it's not fun funny. i guess he had to address all of david letterman's jokes. i interviewed chris christie for my book coming up in may very seriously about his weight and about how much those jokes hurt him. i guess he felt he had to do that to sort of, you know, break the ice with letterman.
>> what do you mean those jokes hurt him? >> they hurt his feelings. >> i want to see another clip and see how hurt he is? he handles it very well. >> do you have family members who are also heavy? >> no. i'm the guy. >> you are the guy. >> i'm the guy. >> how is your health sxwlmpt if you went to a doctor today, what would the doctor say? >> startlingly good. >> how is your cholesterol? >> my cholesterol is normal, believe it or not. >> that's pretty good. >> what about your blood sugar? >> blood sugar, also normal. i'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life. crazy. >> there's your campaign poster right there. >> it's good stuff. >> well done. >> so you're saying it's like
the tears? >> tears of a clown. >> no, stop it. my god, i can't believe you. no, he's addressing obviously an issue everybody jokes about with him but it's a very -- he works out with a trainer four times a week. he's on a diet, he works with a nutritionist. i'll say, one of the things he says for the book is do you really think this is about discipline? because it's not. because i'm doing everything i can. i don't know what to do. do you think i want to look like this? do you think i want people mocking me night and day about my weight. sorry. >> that's fine. sorry. no. i'm good. i'm good. >> exactly. you are. >> talking to him -- >> he had to do that, i guess. >> do you think he recognizes the impact his weight could have on his political future, not just his own health, has he come to terms with the fact he needs to lose a lot of weight if he wants to be president? >> i think he will.
my opinion -- save the rest of what he says for may. i think he's extremely approachable and relatable because much of america is overweight as well and dealing with this problem as well. i think it will be -- i don't want to say a positive force in his campaign but makes him relatable. that's not bad. he's dealing with something millions of americans are dealing with, obesity. >> do you think having a relatively easier election makes it likely he will lose weight or less likely. >> he says he loses weight when things are going really well for him. he gains weight when things are going really well for him. i said, things must be really good. >> haveing a great year. >> he has a high approval rating and normal cholesterol. >> harold and i can both answer that. i don't know about you, campaigns, you lose in
campaigns. not me, man, i drive through the wendy's. i eat on the run. i gain weight in every campaign. >> i do. i never stop moving. i eat the wendy's an popeye's an kfc, i don't stop moving. >> i'm like a grizzly bear about to move into hydration. i get nervous and gain 400 pounds, win the election and then sleep through. >> like homer simpson with both hands. >> exactly. i just saw yesterday this alabama story, on the front of "usa today," this 5-year-old kid was freed from a bunker. i wasn't following that really closely? what happened? >> for the kid, it's the best case scenario. so this man about a week ago boarded a bus outside dothan, alabama, southeast alabama, demanded that the driver give him a couple of the kids and the driver said no way. this man allegedly shot and
killed the bus driver, snatched two kids, one got away, one didn't. the 5-year-old has a mild form of ah thames, maybes asbergers and autism, this guy built a bunker on his property had him down there almost a week. i guess it came to a head yesterday. the fbi, somehow, through a pipe, sneaked a camera in there, so they were watching what was going on this whole time. they thought the guy started to become erratic, took out a gun and the fbi went in yesterday afternoon, threw a couple flash bombs. the man was killed. we don't know how exactly but the kid was rescued and he's safe. >> man, that's great news. man. >> what a story. >> the front page of the "new york times," the u.s. is going to sue s&p for the ratings on these loans. what's going on there? can americans get money from that? >> it's unclear.
it sounds as if the u.s. does win, is successful, there would likely be some compensation or some monetary award. >> explain this quickly. they're suing s&p for giving high ratings, high marks to these companies that were on shaky ground, to say the least. >> they're suing -- they're likely going to sue, according to the story of s&p, because s&p rated certain securities and certain packages of things that these financial firms had, gave them high ratings. >> gave the federal's actual instrume instruments the high ratings. >> didn't deserve those ratings. as a result, companies either kept them on their books and they went out and tried to sell them. >> so the justice department is going to sue s&p, going to get all this money, this pot of money -- >> you're jumping two or three sets ahead. that's their hope. >> who will get the money at the end? >> from the stories, i can't
tell, likely go to the government and the government would disperse some of those dollars. one of the things i hope that happens is s&p is forced and these ratings agencies are forced to be more transparent. they've been more transparent since the crisis and hope will be more so and hope we have standards in place if we have these kinds of challenges or problems there are easy remedies we understand that s&p or any rating agency standard would be held to. >> can i catch up with willie, everybody talking about the last pass, interference, holding -- >> this is a great segue. >> i'm curious, we're about to go to drones next. >> like popping popcorn. >> i saw that. it was uncatchable. >> it landed out of bounds. >> no way, even if the guy had an unobstructed path, right? >> it looked uncatchable. he grabbed his jersey with two hands and held on. maybe the determination was made
that it was uncatchable but the ref didn't go like that. that wasn't what he was saying, i'm not going to make that call to decide the super bowl. >> you're shaking your head, halpern. >> there's contact both way, you have to catch the ball in the super bowl. >> it's kind of hard when the ref gets duct tape out and wraps it around your arms. >> the fact they never ruled that in four downs seems crazy. >> john harbaugh said his brother made the right play call on all four of those. >> naturally. he won the super bowl. >> he said, we were blitzing them and they couldn't have run against us, they had to throw. >> he could have rolled out. >> little harbaugh has nobody to blame but himself. those were four stupid plays. >> i don't like just throwing it up there, give yourself some options. >> roll it out. >> when will we get to the news?
>> we get to eric cantor and, gosh, you talked so much, we probably won't get to the story about the white house not putting out a budget. >> that would be a shame. >> conspiracy. you go blah blah blah about everything, super bowl and- >> why don't we start, reshuffle, we can start with the white house not getting the >> that's my third story. budget out. we'll see if we get there. i challenge you. this are new revelations this morning involving the u.s. drones strike program, in a six page memo obtained by nbc news the justice department makes the legal case for the killing of american citizens if they are believed to be senior operational leaders of al qaeda or associated force even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. joining us now, nbc neuews national justice correspondent michael isikoff, who broke the story last night after obtaining
a copy of the memo. take us through the significance of this memo. >> of course. this memo sheds light on one of the most controversial and secretive policies of the obama administration, not just the secretive drone strike but using the right to use it against american citizens. this came up in 2007 when a drone strike killed awlaki and kahne, both u.s. citizens and neither charged with a crime. and we have extra judicial killings by the u.s. government without any judicial review and any right of the citizen to argue his or her case in court. these are very sticky issues. the legal basis for these
strikes has been kept a secret by the obama administration. you may remember we had huge fights back in the bush era about the legal memos for enhanced interrogation tactics, the so-called torture memos. ultimately they became public. this is viewed by some as an analogy for that, secret memos upon which huge u.s. government policies, with grave consequences are being made. we got a copy of this memo, which is not the olc memo, the office of legal council memo but a white paper, 16 page white paper that mirrors and tracks it and gives us much more detail about what the legal basis for these strikes are. >> you draw a great analogy with the bush administration except for the fact there you may have been giving somebody intense in
t tergation of picking it up off the field. here, you have a situation where the u.s. government is killing americans without judicial review, without any crimes being charged against them. as you said, without them having the right to defend themselves. and even without a right to have any specific actionable intelligen intelligence. it's hard to say how many stop signs were blown thawing here. but for those that were shocked at the bush administration quote torture memos, they must be really stunned by this. americans can be killed, again, not charged with any crimes, no judicial review, no actionable intelligence, nothing, just suspicion. >> right. well, what the administration will say is more than suspicion, they'll say hard intelligence. we all know hard intelligence
can be hard or it can be awfully squishy and horribly wrong. >> like wmds in iraq. >> excellent point. if you read the document. we posted it only, on msnbc news.com now, you see that some of the definitions they lay out in this memo are open to fairly wide interpretation. i'll give you an example. the most ex-how stiff public accounting of this was given by attorney general holder last year and gave a three part test when these sorts of killings can be lawful. the first one is when there is an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states, when the u.s. has the intelligence of such. you read the memo and see that imminent threat is subject to a some what broad interpretation. in fact, they use the phrase broader concept of eminence.
it does not mean, the memo explicitly says, that there's active intelligence of an ongoing plot. it may mean they have active intelligence of what the memo calls recent activities involve ing violent plots, but no ongoing plot, no active plot against the united states. >> and then, it says here also, that, quote, there is no evidence suggesting he has renounced or abandoned such activities. >> right. almost as though the burden is on the target. >> right. >> to prove that they've renoun renounced what they might have advocated or been involved in, in the past. >> they have to renounce something that there may be no acti actionable intelligence on. this is -- this is an absolute mess, michael. thank you so much for bringing this us to us. great work. >> michael, thank you.
>> this is so frightening. >> what it shows, democrats and liberals very critical and even called for extreme action to be taken against the bush administration, we're now obviously seeing some decisions the obama administration may argue differently. let me make clear, i support what the obama administration is doing here but it goes to show how difficult and messy, when the bush administration would make the point, those senior leaders would say it's difficult for perhaps some to understand what we're dealing with here when we talk about this level, all national security decisions are serious, we talk about this kind of threat we have to make at times very messy and sometimes uncomfortable and oftentimes questionable decisions. my only point is democrats need to now think back how they conducted themselves and questions they raised about bush administration tactics. i didn't raise those questions as aggressively as some of my friends did and important
everybody step back and take a breather here, particularly democrats. if this was happening and his name was bush, i think there'd be a lot of criticism coming at this president. >> if george bush had done this, it would have been stopped. >> i think it would have been certainly a huge controversy that would have erupted. the question is how many questions will this administration face on this? i think it goes back to the point you made several years ago, when -- >> scarborough. >> when president obama becomes president, said when he becomes president and looks at classified documents things will change and he won't close gitmo and won't do certain things he is criticizing now and this is what will happen. that is what you said when he stepped in office. noin the summer of 2008, he was running around george bush was
going to change the constitution and he was going to close gitmo. >> and i laughed. >> and you had the roundtable -- >> i laughed, said, no, you won't. i think we should have a constitutional lawyer, not conservative but somebody down the middle. get a group of people. >> somebody who was very critical of the bush administration. >> talk about how this sets new standards. bush was talking about seizing a known terrorist like khalid shaikh mohammed, pulling them out and taking them to a black site. here, we're talking about dropping drones not just on one person, as we know, killing a lot of people around it, and killing americans, who have a constitutional right to have a jury of their peers, to kill americans who are not charged with crimes, have no judicial review, no actionable intelligence, and now in this me memo, that they have the burden,
the burden is on them, before they are killed, to run out and yell, i am not a terrorist, i am not a treferrorist, as if they t out and yelled, i am not a terrorist, they wouldn't get a drone dropped on their head, too. this is just dangerous. >> for all the concerns about due process on guantanamo, i share a lot of those, people being held there for a decade without charge, this goes several steps further, this says, we can kill you without due process, we can kill you on suspicion you're a bad guy, we're not going to bother to take you somewhere and offer possibility eventually there will be a trial, we'll just take you out of the game with a drone. >> at that point, i remember padilla reading the americans supposedly had the dirty bomb, i remember reading that, he had been locked up without a lawyer, i remember being shocked at that saying the guy has a right to a lawyer. >> right. >> here, they have a right to nothing, the right to be killed
by an indiscriminate drone strike if somebody's suspicious in the u.s. government. >> michael isikoff mentioned the guy in yemen taken out, the american citizen who renounced his citizenship. a couple years later his 16-year-old son was killed in a drone strike. at the time, the obama campaign, this was robert gibbs, when asked why this young man was killed, an underaged u.s. citizen said quote he should have had a far more responsible father, talking about al awlaki's father. because of his suspicion of his father and where he was in yemen, he was killed with god knows how many people who should not have been killed. >> by the way, this happens, mark, if you are in -- forever you are in the company of somebody that the united states government suspects, and you are a young male, you are, in this world, now presumed guilty.
you could be killed, again, for having quote the wrong father. this is so chilling. >> it is not being weak on the war on terror to not find this to be chilling and a real threat to our civil liberties. there's some united states senators asking questions about it with no judicial review, i think it's incumbent upon of senators with michael isikoff getting this memo, what else do we need to know about this program? the standard is brand new. it involves killing americans without any safeguards we suspected pre-9/11. >> by the way, some people, and i think you said it, harold, was it john yoo. >> y-o-o teaches at berkeley. >> some people on the left owe an apology. >> the criticism ramped up -- >> that's what i'm saying, his
torture memos, i was not fan of, didn't like a lot of conclusions they drew because they thought they were fog fagoing fast and in some cases, those things are child's play compared to what the federal government can do now and who they can kill without, again, let me say it again, no evidence, no judicial review, no ability to confront your peers. >> you want to pick a moderate to liberal, whomever, constitutional scholar who may have been against some of that. we are talking about people hanging out with terrorists. the question should be asked of the administration how many americans have been tashtd. if you happen to have a known terrorist on the cia's department watch list in your living room, perhaps you have some issues, too. don't get me wrong. >> no, you don't, harold. did you go to law school? if you're an american, are you telling me if you're an american overseas and you happen to stumble into the wrong zip code, you could be killed because
somebody is sitting in the living room of a guy who is a terrorist? >> i've never had one in my living room. >> but you may not know the guy is a terrorist. maybe you know him from the mosque you're going to. maybe you're the only two americans. i don't know how to play this. >> all these questions have to be answered. >> just because you're in the same proximity with a suspected terrorist, who has not been charged with any crimes, then you may be killed. >> call me old-fashioned, i like checks and balances on the executive branch, even during war. >> i agree with you. the senate should ask these questions, i don't disagree with that. >> here's my question. i get the hip poxcracy of it or disconnect previous administrations have received and this policy. do you think this policy is their potential and might be necessary? >> no. you have to have standards. >> hmm.
>> you have to have some standards. i thought that's what everybody was screaming and yelling about as far as the bush enhanced interrogation program when those things were going on. they went in and seized one person who they actually had actionable intelligence on. then took that one person out, and interrogated them and got information they felt would lead to the saving of other lives. you have to have standards there. you just can't grab an american citizen, like we said, and, willie, throw him into jail and keep him there for years without seeing a lawyer. >> in fairness. >> it's wrong. >> there is a group of progressives and have been for some time adamantly against this drone program and now their voices are getting louder and louder especially after this report comes out today. coming up, we'll get to these other stories and talk to house majority leader eric cantor ahead of his public re-branding speech today and congressman elijah cummings and peter orszag and frank bruni.
up next, the top stories in the political playbook. first, weasel bright national weather person day. >> big holiday! >> what? >> balloons and everything. >> that's not true, is it? >> it is. national weatherman's day, february 5th, every year. >> wow. >> wonderful. wonderful support system i have here. good morning, everyone. we are watching a little bit of light snow across long island, new york city, coastal connecticut, not going to cause issues on the roads, dusting on the roads about a half-inch. new york city you can see it about a half inch. today is a good day for travel but new england is frigid. 2 in burlington and very cold in maine and new hampshire. the rest of the northeast is starting to warm up a little bit. above freezing today.
and d.c. you could sneak up to 47 much warmer than you've been lately and a warming trend in the middle of the country. still cold in chicago but we're heading near 30 in chicago but look to your south, what a beautiful day. kansas city, 51. still very warm from denver to dallas and much of the west. that will continue as we go throughout this week, washington d.c., looks like we hold on to this war, 35 to 50 all the way through a sunny saturday, good things ahead in this morning's capitol. you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. [ male announcer ] susan writes children's books. when she's happy, she writes about bunnies. when she's sad, she writes about goblins. [ balloon pops, goblin growling ] she wrote a lot about goblins
>> let's take a look at the morning papers, "washington post," something we can agree on -- i don't know what harold said -- the nation's capit capitol -- i don't want to hear about it. the capitol has the worst traffic congestion. >> it is the worst. >> spend 67 hours and 32 gallons of gas every year sitting in gridlock. >> you can't get anywhere. >> that's the good news. the bad news projections say it will only get worse. >> i spent my entire childhood watching them rebuild and make new highways. i don't understand. snow wi >> willie, what's in the parade of papers? >> i'll tell you. the archeologists have confirmed king richard the iii remains have been found under a parking lot in england. >> been looking for that guy a while. >> richard the iii whas been
missing since 1835. >> and planning to kill a $30 million theme park in pakistan. >> i'm going. >> wait. hold on one second. i was going to go to disney in july with the kids. what did that say? >> go back. >> i'm looking forward to that. >> a private company is planning to build a $30 million theme park in the same town where osama bin laden was killed by navy seals. if things go well, investors hope the 50 acre park will expand to 500 acres and include mini golf, rock-climbing, water spor sports, jogging tracks and a zoo. >> willie, what's the baltimore sun talking about today? >> this is a joke? >> it's not just national weatherman day bill just made up, it's also national pancake
day. >> i knew this. >> that's exciting. >> smells like syrup. >> from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., you can grab a complementary short stack. in return for a free breakfast they're asking for donations for the children's miracle network. >> i love pancakes but they don't have a lot of value. >> except you can help kids now. >> can you get ones that are wheat? >> i guess. >> probably. >> ihop gives away how many pancakes? >> the last time i looked, 14 million. i don't know if that's gone up today. >> is that one of your counters on your weight. >> they need like a debt clock. >> there's an ihop in downtown manhattan that just opened. >> you know where else there is one? oshkosh. >> you know where i went sunday night -- >> friendly's? how great is friendly's? >> i went to five guys?
there's a lot of healthy tough. a veggie burger there. >> i had fries. they were really good. >> did you finish them? >> wow. >> friendlies makes a mistake. i went to friendlies a couple years ago they have the calorie count on all of that stuff. you know, i don't obsess. >> no. >> over what i eat? >> why did you just eat four mun kins in a 30 second period of time. disgusting. >> and they must fry everything at that place. >> ask for the version without the calories or ask them to scribble them out. >> you know who else likes the version without the calories. >> love those fries. >> diamond jim. he has the executive editor at "politico." you know that by now. good morning. >> that was one heck of an introduction. i like that. >> wasn't that great? you an ihop man? you want a short stack? >> i go to one in alexander and
must admit take the kids there occasionally. >> of course, you do. everybody likes ihop. going behind the curtains with congressman paul ryan after that run for vice president in 2012. what are we looking at the next four years, maybe 2016 and even beyond that. >> we were surprised talking to his friends who he is consulting with since the election and how cool he is to the idea running in 2016. our assumption is he was interested in running. what they're telling us is he really wants to do this medicare plan he laid out a couple years ago and do big budget cuts. to do that, he sees his path to power more in congress and suggested to friends he might be open to running for leadership, majority speaker down the road something in the past he had no interest in because he wanted to pursue a policy path. i think it shows he's had the taste of the power of running on a national stage and i think wants to be a bigger and bigger
player internally for republicans. you've seen it already. the guy who helped craft the debt ceiling plan. when he puts out that budget that is the document republicans have to run on the next two years because it has severe spending cuts on the domestic side because they have to balance the budget in ten years, a mighty task because they don't want to raise taxes. >> he has no interest in the sheer grind of campaigning. it's hard to see him having what it takes to run for president in 2016. is that even in his mind? is that a possibility for him? >> i don't think he's ever rule it out having been the veep last time and having national statutostature and i do think you have to wapt badly and willing to go for two years that state to state, talking to folks at the grassroots and i don't think he really likes that. likes the idea of spending some time with his family and work the halls of congress. the next two years are about austerity for the republican party. that would be really tough to
run for president trying to partially privatize medicare and cut domestic spending across the board. >> quickly, paul ryan, does he have what it takes to run for president? >> i think his kids are too young. he has a lot of strengths and not really where his mind and heart is. >> we look at the playbook, thanks so much. coming up, it was the best super bowl ad you probably didn't see. will ferrel and old milwaukee getting together for another instant classic. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot even on a holiday weekend. ♪
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that's really nice. >> you have to love spoon, or as the kids call them "the spoon," do not fear the underdog. >> let's talk about blackouts, shall we? >> i love blackouts. >> infrastructure. >> can we blame this on ray nag nagin? >> blanca. >> let's blame it on blanca. >> there have been concerns about an outage at the superdome as early as october. a memo from the stadium district
said the electrical feareds hat quote some decay and chance of failure. >> okay. you're saying they may have had a little evidence. >> what's a little decay and failure between friends? >> the company that supplies the superdome with power as well as the stadium's engineering staff also expressed concern about the electrical connection. superdome's board did address these reports spending 600,000 bucks to upgrade the electrical system and it did not solve the problem. it did not keep super bowl xlvii from being the third most viewed program in history. 108 million viewers. >> behind rhoda's wedding. >> number one, rhoda's wedding. >> flash episode of "mash". >> and "morning joe." >> and fleetwood mac's rumors. frampton comes alive. >> the two super bowls.
>> giants patriots. >> i have an update on ray nagin. former new orleans mayor ray nagin indicted on corruption charges. i never saw that coming. >> the investigation at the superdome still ongoing. super energy user beyonce. >> who wrote that? >> i did. >> that's why you don't do scripts. >> i wrote that. >> beyonce was an early suspect in the power outage. >> please. >> she's off the hook. reports are she brought her own dpen rater at the -- generator at the halftime show. >> who doesn't. >> there was another blackout last night in the nba. utah jazz and sacramento kings saw the start of their game delayed monday after the lights dimmed and had to be reset at salt lake city's ironically named ener"energy solutions are" >> really? >> this time not 34 minutes, only a three minute delay.
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>> that's it. >> that's all that happens. >> 30 seconds of making out. actually might have been a minute. they pushed back into the makeout. >> old mule. >> old milwaukee. >> where did they run this thing? >> texas, oklahoma and montana. >> they did a lot of research. >> targeted. micro-targeting. >> frank bruni joins us. watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks.
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live look at the white house. the sun has yet to come up in washington but the lights are on. maybe they're working on a budget. here with us, from the "new york times," frank bruni, took a personal look at the central issue in the national debate in his latest column. he wrote about his grandfather who came to the u.s. from southern italy and eventually lived out the american dream. you write in part this, about your grandfather who actually came here and worked up to own and run an italian market. >> that's right. >> like the 11 million illegal immigrants at the center of our current political debate, mauro bruni wasn't supposed to be here. he was trespassing in the country he came to love more fiercely than the one he'd left,
the country in which his children and their children would lead highly productive lives, pay many millions of dollars in taxes over time and get to be a small part of the decision as voters about how we were going to treat his spiritual descendants. my grandfather and grandmother a deckers lina indeed wanted to wring america for all it was worth. that was selfish but very fruitful. their patriotism was all the stronger because america wasn't their birthright but their choice, their wager. they were invested in seeing it as the best possible decision, the only right call. it's an incredible story and there are millions and millions of those. >> when we say the phrase "illegal alien" a terrible phrase or "illegal immigrant" a lot of us aren't recognizing how unusual that is in our past. i don't think i'm that unusual having an illegal immigrant being responsible for me being
here years later. when we talked about my grandfather's story and how hard they worked to be successes and their children to be successes in this country we often glide over the part he came here without permission in 1939 and living off the books for 10 years. >> and the law keeping legal immigrants out figurative ly, they don't even know their own history, don't realize it was the germans hated and irish hated when they came here and assimilated. and on and on. >> we were once other. >> we were once other. you take that all the way through the middle of the 20th -- >> absolutely. i talked to some immigration historians when i was writing this to flush out family history. i was reminded in the '20s, if you were southern europe that was much less desirable than
northwestern europe and they would make notations between 1899 and 1924 whether you were coming from the north of italy or south of italy. you were deemed that much less desirable if you were from southern italy. you were not quite white. >> how does this translate into what we're talking about today. most people see the value that immigrants bring to this country but now it's a question how to get them here and be fair to the ones who do it illegally and incorporate some illegally. what do you see as the best fair path. >> i don't know what the legislation is they're talking about, seems very prudent making sure they have connections here and some employment history, and all that. i just wish when we talked about all this, we were honest about who we're talking about. what mika read before about my grandparents' patriotism. when i hear people who oppose any sort of amnesty, isn't any
sort of amnesty, they act like these people want to mooch off of us. those i met, not just my grandfather's generation moving forward are among the most loyal patriots because they have so much invested in their choice coming here. >> and so many new to the united states i talked to seem to actually have a better understanding of the promise. >> of the country. >> and the promise, most importantly, of america. they believe in the american dream, what we now take for granted and look at too cynically, they look at and dive straight in. >> it goes without saying that those who are recent citizens, newly admitted citizens know more about the history of the country and have a great understanding of traditions and culture and why weas celebrate e fourth of july.
many think it's an excuse to have a burger. >> can i correct you? everyday is an excuse to have a burger. >> even national weather person's day? >> especially national weather person's day. >> how much have you talked about the less desirable certain parts of europe, how much does that play into this immigrant debate today? as joe talked about from the middle of the 20th century on, most of these people were not people of color. does that exacerbate this conversation? >> i think a lot has to do with skin color and country of origin. that just changes in time. the reasonroht it up is once southern italians were not seen quite right. and we have to realize our racism changes over time and standards change over time and we have to confront it honestly. when i talk about patriotic, people who have extraordinary drive and work really hard, i defy you to find people who work harder, have greater capacity to
take risks than some immigrants that have come here because they really really have been up against odds many of us can only imagine. >> the "new york times," grange brugrange -- frank bruni. thank you so much? every time frank comes in, i don't think willie reads the "new york times." he doesn't realize that frank is on the editorial page now. >> he just knows i'm a good eater. >> i just know he knows where to eat in "new york times." snow what's your recommendation? >> we were just talking about a restaurant we both love. not a new recommendation but a validation of your tastes. >> i could not recommend it more higher. perla. down in the west village. >> okay. still ahead, we talk to house majority leader eric cantor about his speech today on reshaping the message of the republican party. keep it right here on morning joe. this is $100,000.
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♪ ♪ >> that's not right. >> what was that. >> don't worry. >> it's a new marketing for childhood toys. >> pulitzer prize winning historian and author of "thomas jefferson," jon meachem. >> glue has to come from somewhere. >> and professor of english at lehigh university, james peterson, welcome to the table. >> he's actually qualified. >> exactly. director of the office of
management and budget, columnist for bloomberg view and vice-chairman of banking. you have a long -- we will have to cut this down. >> i'm here. it it's time. that was the cutdown alex? >> from washington. >> let me just tell something to our guests. that's meaty. we will cut it in half. >> cold. >> joining us from washington, associate editor for "washington post" and msnbc political analyst, eugene robinson. we will cut that, too. >> gene's great. >> these people at the table. >> don't even have him from his gong show days where he was gene gene the dancing machine. >> that was good. i like that one. we'll put that back in. >> hey, gene, you saw what isikoff is reporting on these drone strikes and the legal justification, if you want to call it that. it's pretty shocking, no judicial review. they don't even have to have any actionable intelligence you're planning to do anything against
the united states of america. it is pretty chilling. >> i looks pretty shaky, to tell you the truth. it speaks of you have to be planning an imminent attack. imminent seems to mean maybe sometime in the future. it's a very flexible concept. look, i think we all need to really look into this and there should be some accountability on this and it needs to be spelled out in greater detail and in detail that makes sense. i'm not sure from what we heard from isikoff this is -- this is kosher. >> let me say here and take it one step further, it doesn't even have to be an imminent attack, according to the memo. if an informed high level official of the u.s. government determines that the targeted american has recently been involved in activities causing a threat to the united states,
even if there's no evidence of an imminent attack, they can still be killed. american citizens can still be killed across the globe. of course, willie brought up the time in the campaign where robert gibbs was asked by the son of -- the american son of an american suspect was killed after his father was killed, some time later, the 16-year-old. and the answer from robert gibbs in the white house was, well, he should have had a better father. >> well, this is -- this is something that we need to have some hearings on. that would be worthwhile, i think. rather than hearings basically aimed at personal self-ag rrrdis self-agrdisment. >> this is important stuff and was important with george w. bush how we conducted ourselves
against terror and the american people and important under president obama. >> george meein 2004/2005, whenn was not given access to a lawyer and i remember reading, he is an american citizen and has the right to have an american counsel according to the constitution and he should get it and that was shocking to everybody as americans. everybody reacts as a yawn, you basically have no rights if you're an american citizen overseas, if the government targets knew overseas is interesting, too, does this mean it can't be done domestically. if in fact the logic is -- this is the ultimate manifestation, the ultimate product of what we've been living with for 11 years now, which is this blending of law enforcement, the
ethics and tactics of war. sn >> technology. >> and technology. i would love to know, i'm sure we will, what the debate was internally about this. i'm sure the president given his disposition and having been a constitutional law professor, must have had some thoughts about this. but it is also interestingly something, at the risk of self-pa self-parity, something that began in the earliest days of the american presidency and is now -- continues to be an issue, which is to what extent is the executive power unaccountable if the executive power is acting in what it believes to be the cause of the survival of the country. jefferson said that the duty of the chief mag straiggie strait the law but its not the highest duty. the highest duty is the highest duty is the survival of the country.
presidents throughout have made these decisions that have gone ever farther and this is the fartherest they've gone, it seems to me. >> no evidence, no judicial review and no threat, no rights to face a judge and no rights to face a peer and again by this new standard, if your father was suspected of being a terrorist. snow right. >> you can be killed. just bluntly, the way things work these days, if you are within the vicinity of somebody who is suspected without evidence of being a terrorist. >> that's a problem. >> you are now presumed guilty. you are presumed guilty in these new heinously low standards. >> listen, if you look at the communities that have been under attack by drone attacks and what they had to experience with surveillance and fear they live in, we need not be yawning about these things, these are serious. we should challenge these kind
of presidential powers in the hands of a president you didn't support. that's the tlesh hold athreshol test we should be up in arms against having drones. >> no question if this were a republican president, the temperature and tone this morning would be even higher. >> oh, my god. jon, you, this morning, looks like an aclu lawyer. i'm just saying, everybody that was so shocked and stunned by these quote terror memos, again, i talked about it an awful lot here, where you have u.s. troops and pakistani troops working together, go through suburban pakistani neighborhoods, see somebody like khalid shaikh mohammed out of the house, making sure to kill nobody while seizing him, pulling him out, taking him out of the country and interrogating him. compare that now to dropping a drone, peter, on a house and killing 15 people.
what offender me s fends -- off so much for those against enhanced interrogation, they think it's clean. nothing clean about it. we saw this when bush was leaving office and people said they need to take him to the hague and tried for war crimes. i said, just wait if we ramp up the drone attacks, barack obama will not want to see the slides of the 5-year-old girls dismembered by our drone strikes. >> we can pull it up. >> we need to pull it up. we saw this coming a mile off. this is a dangerous slippery slope. >> fair enough? >> i'm here to talk about the funds rate. i will leave drone strikes to the experts. >> let's move to the budget. >> it is a slippery slope and at the end of the day, everyone
needs to be paying attention to what the drone attacks are and doesn't matter who's in office, presidential powers unchecked is something we have to be concerned with. >> the problem is so much of this is classified, still classified. michael isikoff managed to get this memo as senators are demanding more information. we should all demand more information. we need to know what's being done, again, in our name, because this is not clean, it's not surgical. it's messy and it's deadly. the collateral damage is awful. okay, peter. we move on now to the budget. house republicans are taking the white house to task for failing to deliver a budget for the 2014 fiscal year. the obama administration claims it missed the february 4th deadline because of uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff negotiations but house republicans. >> it was busy, though, you had the inauguration, right?
right? snow uh-huh. >> super bowl went four hours long. it was a long super bowl. >> it was. >> come on. >> there are a lot of things you can kind of get worked up about. that deadline is n not -- shouldn't be one of them. the problem here, by the way, is the mechanics of putting together the annual budget are too antiquated so it takes much longer literally to put the numbers together and print it and blah blah blah than it should. which means if you don't know what the law is until january 1st, you won't hit it. >> nobody roads for the president's budget any way. it has zero votes. >> we can send drones health official way around the world do this but we can't print a budget. snow that's my point. 92 is this fair? >> that's very good, we can send a man to the moon theme. you updated it for us. 92 moving fast, man, internet age. >> i hear the webs is a big thing. >> i love the website. >> republicans are blaming this on a look of leadership in the oval office.
>> president obama missed a great opportunity today to help our economy. this was supposed to be the day the president submitted his budget to the congress. but it's not coming. it's going to be late and some reports say it could be as long as a month late. i think that's too bad. our economy could use some presidential leadership right no now. >> i thought it was -- you know, i thought that was very reasonable and rational. how many days has it been, alex, since the democrats have put a bed on the floor in the senate. >> 1,378. >> look at that. boom! look at that! >> he was so earring fger for t budget he was going to go through in detail. >> peter, you want alex sitting next to you for any trivial pursuit game. boo boom. >> you should see him on ag
subsidies. >> really quickly, peter, democrats don't want to show their hand. they haven't wanted to show their hand for years. >> i think the problem here is both sides don't want to fill in the details. republicans, too. republicans have not put down specifically what they want to do. >> paul ryan put out a budget and he's been killed for it for two years by democrats who haven't put out a budget since 2009. >> interesting, even the paul ryan budget i agree had more detail than other things. most like the deficit in the ryan budget was we will save unbelievable amounts of money by turning medicaid over to the states and somehow they will figure it out. >> that's more information than other people are putting out. >> talk about missing deadlines, now this is a really low bar. >> what is the democratic plan in the senate, let's say, or in the white house, to save medicar medicare? >> medicare actually - actually -- interesting you focus on that.
medicare has been a pretty good story the past few years. my view is double down on things happening. medicare grew only by 3% last fiscal year, unbelievable low by standards. >> will you take that gamble >> for the next five years, i will take a 50/50 bet medicare will continue to grow at much slower rates than historically. >> down to 2 1/2, 3% the next couple years. >> that will tick up a little bit as the economy picks back up but i don't think we'll see the 10% growth rate. >> so you don't think medicare is a problem? >> it is a problem but this is one area better than official projections. >> what about medicaid. >> medicaid. big problem is so-called dual eligibles, eligible for medicare and medicaid. $200 billion a year, completely, not completely but vast majority of unmanaged uncoordinated, there's a lot that could be done
to improve care and value in medicaid. by the way, i don't think you will get there by saying, here, states, you do it. >> right. >> so, gene, what do we do? what do we do as far as getting democrats, white house, republicans to figure this out. this isn't just an ex-exercise. one of the things that concerns me hearing from my republican party, we have to stop focusing so much on spending cuts. this is a party, by the way, ran the national debt up from $5.6 billion to 11$11.7 trillion durg the bush era. now, we're up to 16$16.5 trilli. i don't know that now is the time to say, hey, we're going to be the party that's not going to obsess over spending cuts. somebody has to obsess over the national debt. who's it going to be if it's not going to be the republicans? >> what we actually do or should be done.
what we actually do is we kind of muddle through with a few cuts here and a bit of revenue there and some more messy fights and we -- presumably we get out of this situation at some point. what we should do is lay out a program for growth in the short term and deficit reduction in the longer term and everybody agrees that's what needs to be done, but we don't do it. >> gene, i want to read from your column in the "washington post." this is on guns. the nra's tone-deaf rhetoric. with so many members of congress already bought and paid for, it's understandable that the nra would feel a measure of confidence. but i believe the pro-gun lobby is seriously overplaying its hand and that the wind has shifted. the nra is powerful but not
omnipotent. t polls show americans favor sensible gun control. if obama and other proponents of sanity keep the issue alive, we can achieve it from sea to shining sea. >> and the children from sandy hook singing "america the beautiful." i haven't talked to anybody that didn't tear up, certainly haven't talked to any parent that didn't tear up. we see day after day the tragedies unfolding in chicago. on the same day that we see this remarkable scene, way in lapierre is getting deboned on fox news by chris wallace and going back on universal background checks that have a 91, 93% approval ratings among americans, you wonder what planet the survivalist wing of the nra is living on. snow you do wonder that.
really, one of the better public arguments for sensible gun control, background checks and the like is wayne lapierre, whenever he goes on the air, i think he illustrates just how radical and crazy this wing of the nra is. i don't think that represents the actual view of the majority of nra members. >> it does not. >> i don't know, i don't know. >> mika, 80% of nra members support universal background checks. a majority of nra members support getting rid of these high capacity magazines. i'm telling you the overwhelming majority of nra members are hunters and people that want to support -- >> double the price and making them sell out. >> the survivalist wing of the nra. >> there's a lot of them. >> you say there's a lot of them. >> a lot of gun owners and
people buying guns. people want their second amendment rights. the clash -- we're kind of not having the right conversation. this has to be about common sense gun safety and live and breathe in memories of people who died not just chicago or newtown and the last decade or so. we're too caught in wayne lapierre and rhetoric, to me nra is about buying and selling guns, not about second amendment and gun safety. we should focus on the issues. >> trafficking of guns. >> the leadership of the nra represent the gun lobby and those folks invested in selling more guns. i don't think they're interested protecting the second amendment rights. obviously lapierre as spokesperson has not given enough compass nat narrative to the kinds of things happening in mass shootings and chicago, and at the end of the day we need a conversation sans nra. i agree their power is a little overstated and this is a moment to move the conversation forward
towards gun safety. >> and we said time and time again, salcalia, clarence thoma alito and conservatives in 2008 gave americans the second amendment right that we always believe we conservatives always believe was contained inside the second amendment. >> right. >> you don't need wayne lapierre out there now doing it for you. i wonder why they don't let david king go. because lapierre is such - such -- lapierre is such a nightmare. almost make it sound dirty. really, republicans are the party of ronald reagan who opposed assault weapons or do you want to be the party of way in lapierre? >> there are two points just been said i also heard the president say yesterday. one is twhhe weapon of war argument crystal put out there,
these are weapons of war. the other is this very interesting shift you just echoed from a question about rights to a question about money, this is about gun lobbyists. >> speaking about money. reading peter's piece in bloomberg, okay -- i'll just turn this way. nowhat's happening? >> it's too soon to celebrate a recovery. >> read it to me? >> you guys don't get into a big fight. let's see if you agree on this. the crucial question about longer than expected effects from the financial crisis is what should we do about them? passive despair after all-the. >> that's what it support. >> isn't an ideal strategy. policymakers in washington should couple substantial up front stimulus spending with even bigger but delayed deficit reduction. both ends of this barbell are crucial. the stimulus can help to reduce the lasting effects of the crisis and given the official deficit projections may be too sunny, the austerity will help
prevent a firefight fiscal crisis. furthermore, the combination is more politically feasible than either component alone. >> you see, peter, that seems so rational. >> are you supporting stimulus, joe? >> yes, i have -- >> wow. >> this is driving me crazy. >> squljoe said this. >> i have said everyday for a year on this show you can take care of long term debt while investing in seconds and r&d. even though i explain this, people can't follow it. what has the f. scott fitzgerald quote? two conflicting ideas in your mind at the same time without going crazy. >> that's you. >> we're not even talking about that here, we're talking about like a grizzly bear going about his day-to-day activities and still being able to plan for hibernation. this is not hard. >> look at that.
>> we can take care of short term investment and long term debt, peter, can we not? >> absolutely. i'm glad you share the frustration. this is the sensible thing. i think it's more feasible than trying to do either one by itself. >> if it's most tenable, why can't it happen if it make s s sense politically? >> paul krugman was on the show and saying washington can't do two things at once. eric is coming up and talking about how the doesn't want the republican party to just be the party of cuts. but everybody should agree we have to take care of that long term debt or the markets will turn on us and it will be a vicious reaction. >> i am convinced if you did more delay ed deficit reduction paul krugman and others worried about undue fiscal austerity immediately the sole focus we will punt on delayed deficit
reconstructir reduction is counterproductive. >> you send a message worldwide, we will take care of debt long term and take care of med kiica and social security and invest over the years. the markets give you more money to invest in education and these things in the short run. >> joe's new policy is active despair. >> what's that, gene sxwrrchlt. >> your new policy appears to be active despair opposed to passi passive. >> active despair is saying it everyday for a year and people not hearing it. i am that train calling in a forest when nobody is around. snow you have been heard. >> on the grizzly bear. >> i like the bear thing. that's good. >> all right. >> thank you, gene, be reading your column in the "washington post." jon meachem, stay.
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let's bring in congressman eric cantor. later on today, eric will be delivering an address in the direction and message of the republican party. eric, what will we hear? >> good morning. i think we learned a lot of lessons from the last election. what i will see us do and demonstrating why we are for the things we are for.
joe, you talked about the need to manage down the debt and deficit. we've been for that and we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to fiscal discipline and want the president to join us. we also in all of this, i don't think completed a sentence, we're trying to do this to help people, trying to do it to help the moms and dads having a very difficult time right now. i get it. i'm a parent and get what working parents are going through and trying to address the needs of educatiing childre and the needs of health care costs rising and implementation of the president's health care law and we will talk about trying to make life work again for so many millions of americans. >> let me ask you this, one of the great frustrations, i was on the panel of any national conservative institute and people talking about not only the conservative movement but the republican party. one of the frustrations voiced by bill crystal and john
pedoritz -- did i say it right? we complained about dodd-frank but really didn't have a strong alternative to dodd-frank. we complained about obama-care but unlike '93 we really didn't have a strong republican alternative to the democratic president's health care reform, this is coming from conservative leaders. is part of the mission and our responsibility having stronger more viable alternative tos the president's specific policy plans? >> you know, i think, joe, honestly, it is more in that we've not explained why we take the positions that we do. i think that's one of the lessons we learned from this past election. we believe in self-reliance and faith in the person and accountability in government. these are tried and tested principles of conservatism i
believe make life work for people. wave got to put these ideas forward with proposals so we can say, look, we're coming down on the side of the working people of this country and frankly those out of work and want a job. you mentioned dodd-frank. dodd-frank is chock full of regulations that won't help people but design ed -- but if you keep that in mind, there's a lot of good things we can do in getting rid of bad regulations or putting in place good policies to make life work for people. >> i think one area you and i can agree, eric, a strong vibrant republican party is good for the country. where do you think the party has fallen short in the past two or three years? >> it is trying to demonstrate why we're for the things we are
for. yesterday, i went to an inner city school, a private school in the district of columbia. what i saw there was about 100 kids that benefit from the d.c. opportunity scholarship program because frankly it gave those kids and families and opportunity to be part of a school that offered a safe environment in which to learn. believe it or not, there are thousands, and more than that of kids in this city and many others that don't have that very basic opportunity. we've not explained the fact we're for this kind of development in our society so we can help people. i think where we have a lot of room to grow as party as conservatives to explain why we're for the kind of fiscal discipline we're for and what is the reality and how are we going to help people, because the continued direction this administration and washington is going in is not going to end up
helping people and making life work. that's what i think we should be focused on and i'll talk about today. >> congressman, mark halperin here, have you changed your view on issues like education or just trying to explain things differently now? >> no. we've always believed as we know, funding of education comes largely from the states. there is 7-10% of education dollars that come from the federal government. perhaps, if we can demonstrate -- >> good morning, eric, harold ford, hope you're well, brother. two things, one, i love the idea about warning requiring unitsei universitying to guide and advise the students where the majors are most lucrative and profitable. i hope you stick by that. this morning, mika spoke about the administration's drone activities and question and use of drones. due and congress have any intention of following up with
hearings? what's your personal opinion of it and how do you see this issue going forward. >> i had a little trouble hearing the question. in the drones, what you said the memoir of the justice department. >> on drones. >> okay. certainly, you know, i think, harold, we are going to be active, in terms of the oversight function that we have in the house of representatives. i think all of us want to maintain our national security and do everything we can to work together to try and effect that mission. obviously, the president is commander in chief and he'll hopefully be listening to the commanders in theater and on the ground to do what is necessary not only to protect our troops there but affect our mission f. >> thank you very much. sorry about the technical problems there. good to see you. good luck today. >> thank you. coming up, perhaps the first sign of compromise on gun reform legislation.
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we know for example from polling universal background checks are universally supported by gun owners. overwhelming majority of gun owners think that's a good idea. if we have lobbyists in washington claiming to speak for gun owners, saying something different, we need to go to the source and reach out to people directly. we can't allow those filters to get in the way of common sense. >> all right. 45 past the hour. with us now from capitol hill, democratic representative from maryland, congressman elijah cummings and republican representative from virginia, congressman scott ridgell. they're part of a bipartisan bill today to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and make it even harder for any buying guns from any prohibited from buying guns of their own.
good to have you on the show. >> thank you so much. scott, tell me, why do you think it's important to support this piece of legislation? >> well, what we're treeing to dto -- trying to do, and this bill does, part of putting up an impenetrable wall on the second amendment. on one side of the law we have our lawful gun owners of which i am one and strong proponent of the second amendment and also to keep the bad guys, criminals from having access to guns. that's basically what this bill does. it surprised me there was not a federal law on our books, federal law that addressed gun trafficking and made it illegal indeed to buy a gun for someone else and to traffic guns. we're addressing that. it's common sense and common ground. >> elijah, talk about it. >> this is so very very important. you know, joe, law enforcement came to our committee a while
back when we were dealing with fast and furious, as a matter of fact, it didn't ask for a trafficking law, they begged for it. they said they wanted to be more effective and efficient. there is no federal trafficking law. they want to make sure that the criminals do not get their hands on guns. what this legislation will do is it will make it much tougher, increase the penalties and actually create a law against trafficking of guns. so -- this is something, by the way, that just about every single law enforcement agency and organization, just about every prosecutor, they want these tools, pause they tell be us, you all are paying us a lot of money to do our jobs, now give us the tools to effectively do the jobs. i think this is what they will do. i'm excited about the fact republicans and democrats, for the first time in the house,
we're coming together, not just on common ground, joe, but i say, we are on higher ground because that's what this is all about. >> harold. >> real, quick, elijah, good to see you. tell us how this affects urban areas, you and i are from urban areas, baltimore respectively, mayor bloomberg trying to limit the number of handguns on the streets and this has an impact in urban areas, if it passes. am i reading that right? >> you're right. it will have a tremendous impact. there's a georgia case that shows a fellow down in georgia who's a convicted felon, gets a neighbor, a girlfriend to buy a lot of guns, 64 guns in 2 1/2 mont months. he couldn't buy them, he gets her to buy them. what does he do? he sends all of those guns to
oakland, which has a much stricter, much stricter gun regulations. the next thing you know, the police find those guns at various crime scenes. in other words, basically, what this law will do is say, look, anybody who's thinking about buying a gun for someone who is prohibited from having a gun, that is, criminals, they will be possibly subjected to a 20 year penalty. those are the kinds of things -- we keep hearing folks say -- everybody agrees criminals should not have guns, this is a way to make sure it does not happen. >> gentlemen, wondering what the vote count looks like to you all at this point. i know it's early. what do you consider -- where are you starting on a bill like this? what -- to stay within the metaphor, how many ducks are there you have to hunt for in terms of democrats or defecting
republicans? >> i think to the extent our colleagues really understand what this bill does, they will have enough support to get it through the house and get it over to the senate. i really think what we need to do is change the culture in america. we did this about 30 plus years ago with drunk driving. we got tired of all the deaths. though we haven't solved the problem completely. we did, in my adult life-time change the culture of america d. what we're doing with this bill is saying it's not okay to buy a gun for somebody else. about 40% of all straw purchasers don't serve any jailtime at all. again, i'm a lifetime nra member. i was well before i ever decided to run for office. a strong defender of the second amendment. but this does not infringe upon the rights of lawful gun owners in any way. so i think there's common ground here. it certainly is common sense. >> congressman, you are one of the few republicans in the house to speak out publicly in favor
any of measures at the federal level to deal with gun control. as you talk to other republican members of the dhourks you hear people say privately i'd like to talk out more but i feel pressure from the nra or local constituents not to? >> well, this is going to be co-sponsored right from the get-go by congressman pat meehan out of pennsylvania. he's a republican. the key, as elijah and i were talking about before we came on air here, is folks need to really understand what the bill does and what it does not do. if we're going to move to some type of universal registration and connecting gun owners with the guns themselves and the database and all that, i'm going to have some problems with that. but we'll address that another day. for now zee some common ground and need to move it forward. >> what about universal background checks, something that wayne lapierre supported in 1999 but now he's against it. do you have any problems with
universal background checks, scott? >> well, i think the key is, you know, what we're focusing on today is something we really can move forward. i do have a problem with the ability of the federal government to tie in a gun owner with a weapon. i think that's a real problem with me personally. that's a more difficult issue, joe, to be very candid with you here. and we'll get to that and work through it. but this is common ground. we're excited about it. it's got bipartisan support. i think we'll have bicameral support, and i hope we can get it through. >> joe, let me say this. one of the things i'm concerned about, a lot of times when we have disagreements we concentrate on the disagreement but we don't concentrate on the agreement. and then we end up doing nothing, absolutely nothing. >> exactly. >> we cannot stay -- when you look at what happened at sandy hook, we simply -- it was a wake-up call to this country. now hopefully we'll get this
through and then we'll look at perhaps other things. but right now we're concentrating on this because we know we can get it done. >> i understand that, elijah. listen, i am so thankful for scott, that scott is stepping out. it's not an easy thing to do, even though he's a pro gun guy to do something common sense like this. in virginia it shows 92% of virginians support background checks. but there are concerns about, it's one thing to have universal background check but then does that follow the gun owner and the gun wherever they go. most virginians do not support a registration system that would, again, trace gun owners to guns. we'll just leave it there. thank you. >> congressman cummings, thank you. >> i think it's important for all americans. elijah, good see you again. >> twowonderful to see you. >> joe, thanks for speaking out on this issue. elijah talked about coming
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>> i didn't know this was going to be this long. >> good morning. it's 8:00 on the east coast. 5:00 a.m. on the west coast as you take a live look at new york city. time to wake up, everyone. back with us on set, mark halperin and harold ford jr. >> funny stuff last night. >> it was funny except it's not funny, but i guess he had to address all david letterman's jokes he's made. well, it's not. i interviewed chris christie for my book coming out in may very seriously about his weight, and about how much those jokes hurt him. so i guess he felt he had to do that to sort of, you know, break the ice with letterman, but -- >> what do you mean those jokes hurt him. >> they hurt his feelings, but -- >> we'll see another clip and see how hurt he is by this. >> he handles it very well. >> do you have family members who are also heavy? >> no, i'm the guy.
>> you are the guy. >> no, i'm the guy. >> how is your health -- if you went to a doctor today, what would the doctor say? >> starvingly good. >> how is your cholesterol? >> my cholesterol is good, believe it or not. >> what about your blood sugar. >> blood sugar, also normal. >> also normal? >> i'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life. >> crazy. absolutely crazy. >> there's your campaign poster right there. >> that's good stuff. >> well done. so you are saying it's like the tears of a clown? >> no, stop it. i can't believe you. he's addressing, obviously, an issue that everybody jokes about with him, but it does -- it's a very -- he works out with a trainer four times a week. he's on a diet. he works with a nutritionist.
i'll say one of the things he says for the book is you really think this is about discipline? because it's not. because i'm doing everything i can. i don't know what to do. do you think i want to look like this? and do you think i want people mocking me night and day about my weight? sorry. >> that's fine. sorry. no, i'm good. i'm good. >> exactly. you are. >> talking to him -- >> he had to do this, i guess. >> do you think he recognizes the plight his weight could have? he needs to lose a lot of weight if he wants to be president. >> i think he will. i think it's going to take a long time. i think, though, in my opinion, and forget what -- we'll save the rest for what he says for may, but i think he's extremely approachable and relatable because most of america is overweight as well and is dealing with this problem as well. and i think it will be -- i don't want to say a positive force in his campaign, but i
think it's something that makes him relatable, and that's not bad. he's dealing with something that, you know, millions of americans are deal with, obesity. >> you think having a relatively easy elexs will make it easier or less likely he'll lose the weight? >> he said he'd lose his weight when thing -- oh, he gains weight when things are going really well for him. i said things must be really good. so -- yeah. >> he's got a high approval rating and normal cholesterol. >> i think we can both answer that. i don't know about you, but campaigns, you lose in campaigns. oh, man. i drive through the wendy's and, i mean, i eat on the run. i gained weight in every campaign. >> i never stop moving. i eat the wendy's and popeyes and kfc, but i don't stop moving. >> i'm like a grizzly bear about to go into hibernation.
i gain about 400 pounds. and then i sleep through the -- >> homer simpson. eat with both hands. >> yeah, exactly. what about this. i just saw yesterday that this alabama story. it's on the front of "usa today." this 5-year-old kid was freed from a bunker. i wasn't following it really closely, but what happened? >> for the kid, it's the best case scenario. so this man, about a week ago, boarded a bus outside dothan, alabama in southeast alabama. demanded the driver give him a couple of the kids. the driver said no way. this man allegedly shot and killed the bus driver. snatched two kids. one of them got away. one of them didn't. a 5-year-old who has a mild form of autism. this guy takes him in his bunker in his back yard that he's dug out, a bomb shelter on his property, and had him down there for almost a week. i guess it came to a head
yesterday. the fbi had somehow, through a pipe, sneaked a camera in there. so they were watching what was going on this whole time. they thought the guy started to become erratic. he took out a gun and the fbi went in yesterday afternoon. they threw a couple of flash bombs. the man was killed. we don't know exactly how but the kid was rescued and is safe. >> man, that's great news. >> great news. >> and also, front page of the "new york times," the u.s. is going to sue s&p for the ratings on these loans? what's going on there? can americans get money from that? >> it's unclear. it sounds as if the u.s. does win, is successful, there would likely be some compensation or some monetary award. >> so explain this really quickly. so if they are suing s&p for giving high ratings, for high
marks to these companies that were on shaky ground, to say the least. >> they are likely going to sue s&p because s&p rated certain securities and certain packages of things that these financial firms have. gave them high ratings which -- >> so gave the firms actual instruments. the high ratings. they didn't deserve these ratings. and as a result, companies either kept them on their books or they went out and tried to sell them. so the justice department is going to sell s&p. they are going to get all of this money. and this pot of money -- >> you are jumping two or three steps ahead. >> who will get the money at the end? >> from the stories, i can't tell. it will likely go to the government and the government would disburse some of those dollars. one thing i hope happens is that s&p and these ratings agencies are forced to be more transparent. they've been more transparent since the crisis, but i hope they are forced to be even more
so and i'm hopeful perhaps we can put standards in place if we have these challenges again they are remedies that we understand that s&p, for that matter, any rating agency, would be held to or standard they'd be held to. >> okay. there are new revelations this morning involving the u.s. drone strikes program. in the 16-page memo obtained by nbc news, the justice department makes the legal case for the killing of american citizens overseas if they are believed to be, quote, senior operational leaders of al qaeda or an associated force. even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the u.s. >> wow. >> joining us now, nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff who broke the story last night after obtaining the copy of the government memo. michael, take us through the significance of the memo. >> sure. good morning, guys. this memo sheds light on what is one of the most controversial
and secretive policies of the obama administration. not just its drone strike campaign but reserving the right to use drones against american citizen citizens and this came up in 2011 when a drone strike killed omar alaki and somer kahn. both were u.s. citizens. neither had been charged with any crime. what we have here are what critics call extra judicial killings. killings ordered by intelligence officials of the u.s. government without any judicial review, without any right of the citizen to argue his or her case in court. so these are very sticky legal situations and the legal basis for these strikes has been kept a secret by the obama administration. you may remember we had huge
fight fights back in the bush era about memos for alleged interrogation tactics, torture memos. ultimately, they became public. this is viewed by some as an analogy for that. secret memos upon u.s. government policies with great consequences are being made. we got a copy of this memo, which is not the olc memo, office of legal counsel mem oh, but it's a white paper, 16-page white paper that mirrors and tracks it and gives us much more detail about what the legal basis for these strikes are. >> you draw a great analogy with the bush administration except for the fact that there, you may have been giving somebody intense interrogation after picking them up off the field. a play here you have a situation where the u.s. government is
killing americans without judicial review, without any crimes being charged against them. as you said, without them having a right to defend themselves, and even without a right of having to have the specific actionable intelligence. it's hard to say how many stop signs were blown through here. but for those who were shocked at the bush administration, quote, torture memos, they must be really stunned by this. americans can be killed, again, not charged with any crimes, no judicial review, no actionable intelligence. nothing. just suspicion. >> right. well, what the administration will say is more than suspicion, they'll say hard intelligence. we all know hard intelligence can be hard or it can be awfully swishy and sometimes horribly wrong. >> like wmds in iraq, right. >> excellent case in point.
but i think if you actually read the document and we've posted it online on nbc news.com now, you see that some of the definitions they lay out in this moemo are open to fairly wide interpretation. i'll give you an example. the most exhaustive public accounting of this was given by attorney general holder last year. he gave a three-part test for when these sorts of killings can be lawful. the first one is when there is an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states. when the u.s. has that intelligence of such. you read the memo and you see that imminent threat is subject to a somewhat broad interpretation. they use the term broader concept of imminence. it does not mean, the memo explicitly says, that there's active intelligence of an ongoing plot. it may mean they have active
intelligence of what the memo calls recent activities involving violent plots but no ongoing plot. no active plot against the united states. >> and then, it says here also that, quote, there is no evidence suggesting he has renounced or abandoned such activities. >> right, almost as though the burden is on the target to prove that they've renounced what they might have advocated or -- >> so they have to renounce something that there may be no actionable intelligence on. i mean, this is an absolute mess, michael. thank you so much for bringing this to us. >> michael, thank you. >> thanks. >> this is so frightening. >> what it shows is democrats
and liberals whom were very critical and even called for extreme legal action to be taken against the bush administration were now obviously seeing some decisions -- the obama administration may argue different. i support what the obama administration is doing here. but it gs to show just how difficult, how messy and for when the bush administration would make the point those senior leaders would say, it's difficult for, perhaps, some to understand what we're dealing with when we talk about this level. all natural security decisions are serious. but when we are talking about this kind of threat, we have to make at times very messy and sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes questionable decisions. so i think my point is democrats seem to now think back about how they conducted themselves and the questions they raised about bush administration tactics. i didn't raise those questions as aggressively as some of my friends did, but it's important everyone take a step back and a breather here, particularly democrats. new details on the endearing political relationship between dwight eisenhower and richard
nixon. >> that was a straight one, those two. >> yes. our next guest explores the two iconic leaders. also, in the aftermath of the great recession, new data reveals why the baby boomers are shouldering most of the burden during the recovery. we'll talk about that. but first, here -- >> you know what today is? >> it's national weather person's day. >> i think you just made that up to get attention. >> i've seen no evidence elsewhere. >> next you'll tell me it's not national pancake day. >> bill karins will do anything for attention. bill? >> just making up holidays. yes it is national weatherpersons day. we are trumped only by the pancakes. national pancake day. ihop giving away free stacks of pancake. they are asking you to give away a little money for charity when you get your free pancakes. it's a rather quiet day today. we're watching temperatures warming up across many spots. cold in northern new england.
kansas city, enjoy it. 25 today until this afternoon, much warmer. up to near 50s. snow showers are heading down, southern minnesota. also light snow into new england this morning. so that's about it. really the travel trouble spot across lake michigan, light snow. chicago, snow showers heading your way. what's going to happen over the next couple of days will get interesting. the possibility for like a nor'easter-type snowstorm in new england come friday night. that moisture is going to start down here in the gulf. we'll watch new orleans to houston, through shreveport. anywhere near the coast line will have chances of heavy rains. that moisture could get sucked up the eastern seaboard into a nor'easter-type storm friday night into saturday morning. that will be the time frame to watch. definitely looks like it's going to snow in new england, possibly 2 to 4 inches. if the scenario plays out, as one of our computers are showing, could get one of the biggest snowfalls of the season there in the boston area. we'll keep you posted as the week progresses. we leave you with a shot of one of the beautiful places today.
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every republican politician wants you to believe that richard nixon is, quote, experienced. they even want you to believe that he is actually been making decisions in the white house. but listen to the man who should know best, the president of the united states. a reporter recently asked president eisenhower this question about mr. nixon's
experience. >> i just wondered if you could give us an example of a major idea of his that you've adopted in that role as decider and final -- if you give me a week, i might think of one. i don't remember. >> okay. that's a political ad in the 1960 ad by president john f. kennedy attempting to point out the strained relationship between dwight eisenhower and richard nixon. with us now, the author of "ike & dick: portrait of a strange political marriage." you can go back the two elections before, based on your writing in here. of course, 1952. ike sent dewey, i guess, turnover get nixon off the ticket after the checkers speech, or before the checkers speech. and then in 1956, he tried to get rid of him again. and then in 1960 went after him.
and then according to your book in 1964, ike didn't step forward and say, hey, maybe nixon is the guy. he said he's a two-time loser. what was with this relationship? >> really complicated. obviously, and i think it started off with eisenhower as a five-star general and nixon was a lieutenant. the way he always regarded nixon was staff and never certainly won his trust. he thought nixon was loyal, he liked him well enough. he said once, i don't think dick is really presidential timber. >> and you saw pictures in this book. i mean, images in this book of eisenhower playing bridge with the most powerful men in the world at the time up in camp david and nixon being sent off to walk around the trails by himself. >> yeah, nixon -- eisenhower had three great hobbies. fly fishing and golf and bridge. nixon learned golf, kind of. but he wasn't -- and he really wasn't welcomed in ike's inner circle.
>> and it haunted him. we always talked about nixon being an outsider and having this resentment against the east coast establishment. it really started here. all he wanted to dwous be accepted into this inner circle. even until the day he died, what a great scene in the nixon oval office. he finds out that ike's died and breaks out in tears. not because of sadness. because, as you said he realized he never would be in that inner circle. >> it was all over for him. and even the fact that he -- that eisenhower and nixon were family then. he was his father-in-law once removed. >> and ike didn't even want that to happen. he was against the marriage. >> he liked julie a lot. he basically thought david should have a career in law or medicine or something and was being derailed by this. they were teenagers. they were 18 years old when they got together. they got married when they were
20. >> one final thing -- >> they were still married, happyfully married. >> one final thing before i pass it over to the historian. it was tragic. it was shakespearean, richard nixon being forced to create his own farewell scene with ike. with ike moving his hand up and saluting nixon. he just made it up. >> yes, there's a scene in the book, in nixon's memoir, he talks about seeing ike at walter reed army hospital just before he died. and he says to eisenhower, sir, you led us to victory in europe and eisenhower raises his head and salutes nixon. and it was just a scene that couldn't have happened. it just wouldn't have happened, and then eisenhower died a day or two later. meant a lot to him. >> talk about nixon's own relationship with his father. this seems to be a replay to
some extent of the distant father whom he's always trying to please and ultimately fails to. >> i'm afraid to psycho analyze nixon. >> the last american who would. >> no, i mean, brody did it. nixon always spoke with great respect about his father. no question his father really was a tough guy and he was argumentative. he was a difficult person. and very different from nixon's mother hannah, a quaker. and nixon's father was not a quaker. >> nixon did save ike later on that he was quoted tough son of a bitch. >> yes. >> and devious. >> the devious thing. he said that to his -- he said that in his memoir "six crises." and he said, he had told the man he was working with, his collaborator, he's one of the most devious men i've ever known. then he realized, i can't say that so he changed it to many people think that he's one of
the most devious and complex men they've ever met but in the best sense in both -- >> classic nixon. >> did eisenhower like anything about nixon? >> sure he did. he appreciated his intelligence. he appreciated his loyalty. he did -- he did everything ike wanted him to do. he was a pretty good vice president. the only time he really displeased him, i think, was sort of a couple of times during his campaign. ike pretended to be displeased by his campaign. i think he was not unhappy -- >> he was embarrassed by his campaign. around his establishment figures. he was embarrassed by nixon's campaign. >> stop hitting on -- >> sort of the rough edge of it all. but you know, he benefited from what he claimed to dislike. >> a nice little contrast what happened then and what's happening with the tea party. establishment republicans may not like the tea party but probably like mark halperin, controlling the house.
>> there's no doubt those themes are pretty comparable. incumbent vice president to be an anti-establishment figure. but that was nixon's sensibility a lot more than eisenhower. >> and the party was very different then. my gosh it was different. no tea party. there were outliers, but very few of them. william jenner and joe mccarthy. but that wasn't the party then. the party was stable people. >> but eisenhower had to resent nixon some, did he not, for his work on the un-american activities? he saw what had happened to the general that had hired him in world war ii. >> ike was fine with that. he was fine with that because he actually had followed the alger hiss case and he thought nixon did a good job and did it fairly. >> you talked to a lot of people able to closely explore their relationship. >> i talked to almost 70 people. i was surprised to find some of them around. they were terrific. all of them were. >> okay. so one -- explain things this
way. quote, there were times when i would find nixon literally close to tears after a session at the white house during which eisenhower humiliated him. another one, and this is a confidante and doctor, i guess, psychiatrist. eisenhower was always telling nixon to straighten his tie. this is like me talking to my daughter. pull back your shoulders. or speak up or shut up. >> i didn't talk to those two people. >> let's be fair in a sense if we can, to ike and that even eisenhower's only son -- one of his sons said his father was not an easy man to know. >> and eisenhower's wife talked to the grandson david and david said, you think he has any inner life of his own? she said, wouldn't you think? she had no idea. >> but speaking of mamie, i thought it fascinating. pat nixon came across as a tortured woman here where early on, before the checkers speech
she turns to her husband and said, why are we still hanging around here? let's just go. and then there's that cold scene after checkers went well and mamie and pat are driving away, and said something and pat turned and shot her a very cold statement. but in the end, mamie had a very warm relationship of the nixons. in fact, a big supporter during their darkest days. >> very much so. right to the end. the nixons were really good to mamie. they'd have her turnover the white house. they really were good to her. she was very fond of them. she was particularly fond of julie. when david and julie announced their engagement it was mamie who stepped forward and said i'm all for this. >> fascinating reading your book that eisenhower seems to be this funny kansas optimist and kind to all people but as you say, nixon was the man. remarkable with small gestures, whether it was reaching out to mamie or whether it was reaching
out to ted kennedy's son. and he was going through the problems that he was going through. a lot of small gestures that nixon was wonderful with, with people. but he never really got the acknowledgment for that. >> no, also surprised. i always heard he was pretty good on civil rights. the republicans didn't like it. but he was terrific on civil rights. for a long period, he was very close to martin luther king jr. jackie robinson was a friend. he was the sort of point man on the 1957 civil rights bill and he could speak up right after brown versus board of ed. >> eisenhower was no civil rights champion. he didn't appreciate nixon going out supporting nixon's civil rights. >> he didn't think it would help him in the south. ike did not like that supreme court decision. he thought that it was -- things should stay as they were. it would disrupt the society to have this --
ike understood the constitution. yeah, so there was no -- >> but he was made uncomfortable by it. >> he was. >> i thought it was fascinating because even lbj when he was running the senate got angry because he thought nixon was too far out there on civil rights and said nixon was running the propaganda arm of making the civil rights bill more than it was. >> johnson was playing all sides of that point. mark can tell you he was running for president. on the other hand, didn't want to offend the southerns like dick russell. they wanted a bill but there was a clause in the bill about voting rights which he did not want and it got through in a slightly weaker version than the republicans wanted but a stronger version than johnson and sam abram wanted. >> i want to say, one of the great things about this is you realize that another tragedy of richard nixon's is that john kennedy represented the handsome, glamorous next generation which he didn't feel
he belonged to and also didn't feel like he belonged to the older generation. >> he was a tweener. >> the book "ike & dick." you can read an excerpt on our blog. jeffrey frank, thank you so much. >> thank you. it was great to be here. >> come back some time soon. when we come back, a surprising look at the generational divide when it comes to the economic recovery. "the new york times" reporter catherine joins us next.
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welcome back to "morning joe." here with us now, writer for "the new york times" -- >> my parents will be so glad. >> prodigy. >> is it rampell? >> yes. >> she said she's worried about gray hair. she's like 21. >> catherine -- >> can you drink? >> are you trying to kill me? >> no, i'm sorry. she said she's going gray. she works for t"the new york time times". her latest article looked at the baby boomer struggle. i caught this on sunday. >> yes. >> it was really good and it sort of gives a sense of why we're having such a hard time moving out of this. she writes americans in their 50s and early 60s, those near retirement age who do not yet have access to medicare and
social security, have lost the most earning power of any age group with their household incomes 10% below what they made when the recovery began three years ago. their retirement savings and home values fell sharply at the worst possible time, just before they needed to cash out. they are supporting both aged parents and unemployed young-adult children earning themmy in inauspicious nickname generation squeeze. i know so many people in this situation. there are people who should have been okay. >> a lot of people think they did everything right. they saved. they improved upon their house. they thought that was the thing to do. they paid down their mortgage but they've lost a lot of their savings as a result, anyway. so there's actually research that suggests that if you lose your job at that very sensitive time in your life, that is sort of in your 50s, early 60s, before you have access to medicare, can actually shorten your life span because you are not having the health care that you need. so, you know, there are a lot of
reasons why different generations can lay claim to sort of the bottom of the barrel in this situation. but you can make a pretty compelling argument for why baby boomers have been hit the worst. >> by the way, look at that average duration of unemployment. for teenagers, 19 weeks. for older people, 53 weeks. >> and i have a couple of friends, i put myself in that category, who are a little bit older than me who are looking for work. you go in there and you feel like 20 years older than everybody because they are hiring younger. you are just completely -- >> we're all 20 years older than -- >> it's not what you think of hiring when you bring in a new employee. you think younger. >> therein lies the problem. somebody that has 20 years of skills but if they come to you and they are 51, 53. >> incredible value. >> higher expectations for salaries, or at least when they first become unemployed. a lot of times those demands drop as they rack up 53 weeks of
unemployment. they have a shorter career horizon. so some people think this person is going to leave in a coupem of years. why would i invest in training them as opposed to a worker in their 30s or 40s where i could get a couple of decades out of them. >> what ideas did people have, news you can use for these people? who are the success stories who find themselves in that top position? how do they work out of it? >> a lot of it has to do with luck, frankly. retraining doesn't seem to be the best route for a lot of older workers just because they don't have the same time horizon in order to get the return on that investment. >> old dogs new tricks thing, too. >> to some extent that may be a myth but the fact they are putting out the money to pay for schooling and then they don't have as many years to recoup that investment is a very real thing, regardless of whether you think they can relearn. i think a lot of them can. in terms of success stories, i think a lot of it has to do with luck. has to do with knowing the right people.
there are proposals that i've heard for finding some sort of alternate safety net for these people. you know if they are 62, they can get social security benefits. they'll get lower benefits than they would if they waited until full retirement age which is generally around 66. a lot of them are going into this sort of back door social security or unemployment benefit system and going on disability which is not a great solution. once they go on disability, they are basically out of the workforce altogether. and that's become a big budget problem. not so much social security but the disability side. >> john meacham? >> what sectors are most affected by this? is this -- are lawyers looking for work? is this more manufacturing? to what extent is the outsourcing driving this? >> i would say a few different things. so across the economy, less skilled workers in general of all ages have been hit a lot worse than higher skilled people. and that means, you know, people
who don't have college degrees. people who have high school diplomas or high school dropouts have the highest unemployment rate of anyone. so less skilled workers in general across all industries. one of the reason yes you see these very long durations of unemployment for older workers, i would say is that older workers are like three have been employed in occupations and industries more permanently downsizing like manufacturing. so those industries, manufacturing companies, for example, have been sort of shrinking by attrition or by layoffs over time and if you get laid off from one of those jobs now, it's very hard to find a replacement job. >> it's not coming back. >> it's not coming back. hard to find a jobution those skills. if everyone else is laying off workers as well. so there are certain areas hit worse. >> we get the unemployment number and this is the story within it which is much tougher. catherine rampell, thanks so much. nice to meet you. come back soon. business before the bell is
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they wanted a better market share. they were doing it for profitability reasons and not necessarily for the core of what they are supposed to do, which is to tell you whether or not something is a good investment or not. s&p says it's absolutely not true. they've wrapped themselves in the first amendment. this is going to be interesting. they've only gone after s&p. even though there were other companies that rated those same products with the same aaa ratings. >> really? >> yeah. a lot of people are wondering if it's because standard & poor's downgraded the united states so they are first to downgrade the credit rating of the u.s. >> elevator music. it's called musak, but maybe not for long? >> muzak. they are changing the name of the company because they don't think it reflects everything they sell. they're going to call themselves mood because it also sells things that you smell, that you see when you walk into a store. they are a sensory product and sensory display company now. >> an unwise rebranding. >> you know the song, can you identify this song?
>> is this the theme song to "dream of jeanie"? >> can you tell me, a little fact here. what song did it beat out for song of the year? i want to hold your hand. moon river. 1964, the beatles invade america and instead of beatles getting -- >> what's the german title of "i want to hold your hand"? >> where's your next trip? >> i have to be in rome for the elections. >> can i go with you? >> oh, yeah, that would be so fun. we could try to both interview silvio berlusconi who despite having numerous trials, might win again. >> yeah. >> that's unbelievable. >> we need to go talk to him. >> figure that out. michelle caruso-cabrera, thank you. >> one of the andrews sisters died. >> i know she did. a week ago. 94.
>> she was still alive then? >> she's in the army now. it was really pretty remarkable. 93, 94. >> soundtrack of our lives. >> my mom would always play songs on the piano. looking ahead to tomorrow -- >> the show is on again tomorrow? >> yes. >> jane pauley and tom brokaw. >> legends. >> hello, legends. so cool. >> the greatest generation. >> we'll be back with the best of late night.
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